By far the most striking film I have seen in the last year was the restoration of Abel Gance’s epic 1927 Napoleon. Running at just over five-and-a-half hours (although in early screenings the film apparently ran to around nine hours), it is an example of the level of exuberant formal experimentation and stylistic refinement achieved by European directors before the introduction of synchronised sound film in the late 1920s forced filmmakers to adopt a far less dynamic aesthetic. 325 more words
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One of the few films for which you can employ the term “epic” with absolute confidence, Abel Gance’s 1927 magnum opus Napoléon is a triumphant crescendo of the late silent era which cannot help but fill me with a certain resentment at the introduction of sound to cinema at all (or, at the very least, to the blockbuster). 374 more words
We all knew that the release of Napoleon in a digital format was going to be a big event. Even bigger when it was announced that after the digital premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in early November that the rest of the country was going to get the chance to see the film in their local cinemas. 2,873 more words
Another early 20th century film. Abel’s Gances 1927 film ‘Napoleon’ recently remastered, and featuring a famous triptych finale.
This is an other example of early 20th century cinema attempting to push the envelope and again I see similarities with what is going on now with 360 films, especially… 62 more words